- Volume 3 Issue 1
Few changes were found in the mouths of 52 smokers were examined as a part of program to evaluate the oral health of Korean smokers. 52 smokers and 30 non-smokers were performed careful oral examination. In many of smokers, heavy, black deposits are found on the buccal and lingual surfaces of the teeth and leukoplakia were obsreved in 2 subjects and varied merely in the severity of the involvement. Cytologic studies were carried out on 60 oral smears from the hard palate, buccal mucosa, and gingiva. Smears were taken wit a wood spatula scraped over the mucosal surface. After fixation the slides were stained using the papanicolau cells without nuclei. The cornified cells were smaller than the noncornified cells and stained a deep brown or orange as compared with the blue or red of the large, round or polygonal cells in nonkeratinized regions of oral mucosa. Abnormal cell forms, suggestive of malignancy were not found in smears from the mucosa of smokers. Cells with large hyperchromatic nuclei and elongated, spindle-type cells with large nuclei were not observed.